Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina Days 2-3 : Drake Passage Day 4 : Villa Esperanza & Brown Bluff Day 5 : Paulet Island & Astrolabe Island Day 6 : Cuverville Island & Paradise Bay Day 7 : Deception Island & Half Moon Day 8 : Punta Arenas, Chile / Northbound Flight
Passengers board the M/V Antarctic Dream. There you will be greeted by your Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin. Check-in will begin at 4:00 PM on departure day.
Day 2-3 Drake Passage
Sail towards the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zone. On your second day of navigation through the Drake Passage, you'll start seeing the first glimpse of the White Continent.
Day 4 Villa Esperanza & Brown Bluff
In the morning arrive at Hope Bay, right in front of Mount Flora on the Antarctic Sound. The Antarctic Sound was named after the vessel used in the Nordenskjold Expedition 1902—1904. Landing operations will start at the historical site where the Argentinean Base Esperanza is set. Here you will have your first close encounter with Gentoo and Adelie penguins that nest close to the base. Sailing through tabular icebergs you will go south into the Antarctic Sound till you reach Brown Bluff. This dark rocky cliff is surrounded by incredible glaciers.
Day 5 Paulet Island & Astrolabe Island
Overnight, sail up to Paulet Island. Here you will find a huge Adelie penguin's colony, one of the two penguin species considered truly Antarctic. You many also find a colony of blue eyed shags on the volcanic scree slopes. At this site, find the remains of a stone refuge built by the "Antarctic" shipwrecked survivors, crushed by heavy ice at the Weddell Sea on 1903.
Day 6 Cuverville Island & Paradise Bay
Sail south west to Cuverville Island, site of the largest Gentoo penguin colony on Antarctica. Cruising into Herrera Channel up to Paradise Bay, on the north shore, high mountains raise up to 1000 meters on the south shore of the Andean Mountain extension range. This is your best chance for a zodiac cruise following the coast line, contemplating glaciers and cliffs. Port Lockroy sits on Goudier Island. The island holds a small museum, surrounded by a Gentoo penguin rookery, that developed through the 80́s long after humans had built the base on this spot.
Day 7 Deception Island & Half Moon
Explore the coast of the South Shetland Islands. Depending on wind and swell conditions, the Captain and expedition leader will coordinate a landing either on Deception Island or Halfmoon Island, Yankee Harbor or Robert Point.
Day 8 Punta Arenas, Chile / Northbound Flight
Fildes Bay is your final call for this expedition, which is the site of the Chilean Base Frei. After a short visit to the base facilities ready yourself to head back via airplane, to Punta Arenas – Chile, over the northern coast of the straights of Magellan. You will go back home as ambassadors for the White Continent, to share your amazing experiences with your friends.
Please note: It is recommended to schedule an extra night in Punta Arenas in case of any delays with the return flight before taking your independent flight home.
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94 sq. ft. 20 cabins, each has a private bathroom with shower, 1 porthole window, and one queen or 2 twin beds
98 sq ft. 16 cabins, each has a private bathroom with shower, 1 square window, and one queen or 2 twin beds
140 sq. ft. Piloto Pardo deck includes 2 suites, each with private bathroom with bathtub and 3 square windows. One has a queen bed and the other has 2 twin beds
159 sq. ft. Cape Horn deck includes 2 suites, each with private bathroom with bathtub, 7 windows, and queen bed.
This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.
-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single costs are 1.7 times the double occupancy rate to guarantee a private cabin.
-Prices do not include any applicable Fuel Surcharges of US $250 per person.
Please note that this itinerary should be regarded as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to the weather conditions we encounter. Flexibility is the key to success for all expeditions of the M/V Antarctic Dream.
Camping Adventure Option - on select departures only:
Come and live the experience of the explorers to one of the most wonderful places on the planet. Enjoy the awesome silence of the White Continent living the adventure of camping on land. Previous experience is not required, and will be for either one or two nights camping. Fee for this activity is $990 per person, and please reserve at least 30 days before departure.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.